I am very excited about this week’s orchid. Orchids can take anywhere from 1 to 25 years to bloom depending on the species or hybrids in their background. I raised this from baby seedling and finally 3 years later it is the first plant from the flask to bloom. It was worth the wait!!! The wide petals and striking spots make this one a definite keeper. Part of the fun with growing orchids is the anticipation of waiting for one to bloom and the excitement when you bloom a high quality flower. This week I hit both marks and am feeling pretty good. To learn more about orchids and orchid growing, contact the American Orchid Society.
Required Light: In the greenhouse I use 50% shade cloth and have it in a spot where it gets mostly morning and afternoon sun but not Midday. Under artificial lights like our T5 fluorescents I recommend it be 8” underneath at least two 4 foot T5 bulbs.
Temperature: This orchid prefers night-time temperatures to be between 55° F – 65° F. Daytime temperatures can easily reach the low 90’s without a problem.
Humidity: Best kept at 60% RH or higher.
Required Watering: Depending on environmental factors, once or twice a week under normal conditions. More waterings are generally necessary when it is hotter in the growing environment.
Fertilizer: Should be applied at ½ to1/4 strength weekly. I prefer to use the Grow More brand of fertilizers.